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Ventana - An Enchanting Resort in BIg Sur

Summary: I love Ventana. I highly recommend visiting  and exploring the landscape at Lime Kiln and Andrew Molera State Park which I've blogged about here. Please note this is #notsponsored . Yes, that means we paid our own bill! Lots of details in the following review. including a Post Ranch vs Ventana comparison.  Can you tell there's something exciting beyond this beautiful gate? There's something special about Big Sur, a magic in the light, the presence of the Pacific, the cliffs, beaches, redwood forests and the murmur of the surf. It's one of my favorite places in California. I couldn't think of anywhere else I wanted to be to celebrate turning fifty, because it's a place where there's a sense of nature, space and light and a wide horizon. We've been to Big Sur many times and for a celebration there are two fantastic hotels vying for your attention. The exclusive, modern and very private, cliff top Post Ranch Inn and on the other side of the road the …

Hotel Edward 1er , Montpazier

We can highly recommend the family run Edward 1st Hotel where we made a quick overnight stay, in Montpazier in the southern Dordogne. This is a lovely place. With friendly owners, it was reasonably priced and well located on the edge of town. Our junior suite (below) was comfortable, had a huge bathroom with steam shower and was just over100 euro including breakfast. We felt it was a good value and far preferred it to the Hotel L'Esplanade in Domme which we didn't enjoy.
In contrast to L'Esplanade (which we left early) the Edward 1st had lots of comfortable public space to relax and enjoy including a pool, small sitting room and bar. We felt much more comfortable here and wished we had more time to relax or do some walking in the surrounding countryside.
They had just filled the pool for the summer and I think this would make a great stop in the summer months. This area is far less touristy than Domme and appealed far more to us, though others would say it's less in the thick of the most popular sites.
We ate our continental breakfast  on the small terrace  outside the restaurant, below.
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The hotel operates two restaurants, the well reviewed haute cuisine Restaurant Elenore and the less formal Bistro 2  a short walk away.  We were there on a Wednesday night (out of season) when Restaurant Elenore is closed and so we opted for the contemporary bistro. We had an excellent meal with friendly, well informed service and found the meal and wine an excellent value. The three course Menu du Terroir which included options like crayfish soup, lamb shank and clafoutis was only 22.22 euro.
Overall highly recommended. Elegant and appealing the hotel and the bistro represent a good value in a pleasant destination. This is somewhere we would be happy to return to.

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